When Connected Cars Meet the IoT
Since the beginning of the term connected car, the conversation has focused almost entirely on the vehicle - a vehicle that is equipped with Internet access and connected to services outside the car.
As the connected car increasingly becomes a central component of the IoT, the aim of software companies became to provide the automotive industry with a updating solution to manage and maintain the integrity of the embedded systems and to collect data for the entire lifespan of the vehicle, including pre-and-post production.
Today a car can do everything a smartphone can: search for the best restaurants, create route directions, stream music, access email, etc. These connected services expect revenues to top $152 billion. It's a new way of car shopping: the vehicle gets cheaper, but the connected services get more expensive.
Now cars have plenty of electronic systems: tire pressure monitors, wireless hotspots, Bluetooth connections, Internet access, mobile hotspots and so on. The systems also offer new customization possibilities. Tesla, for example, installed an over-the-air software update for drivers who didn't like the rabbit-like acceleration of the Roadster. The update decreased the receptivity of algorithm and allowed drivers to operate the car in the traffic easier.
Cars equipped with V2V (vehicle-to-vehicle) technology allow other cars to know exactly where they are, allowing them to slow down to avoid a clash for example. Vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2X) technology shares many common features with V2V: road signs could communicate with cars so a traffic light, for example, could sense a jam and divert incoming vehicles. If a driver fell asleep on the highway and veered into the wrong lane, all vehicles in range of the vehicle's network could be alerted and pulled over.
Of course, one of the primary goals of the connected car is to avoid accidents. In a recent study of about 3 000 vehicles equipped with a variety of sensors monitoring everything from road conditions, speed and acceleration, and location, around 400 vehicles recorded and warned the driver of an coming crash that was avoided. The ability to monitor other vehicles and provide this type of feedback to the driver goes far above the familiar cameras or vehicle blind-spot sensors.
Environmentalists hope that connected cars could optimize fuel efficiency by choosing the shortest routes, adjusting vehicle speed with wind velocity. Although, it isn’t quite a solution to a potential energy crisis just yet.
Releasing quality software faster, within the increasingly complex IoT and connected car market requires automation and focused technical solutions. Archer Software is a recognized provider of embedded software solutions for connected cars.
Additionally, we have a broad base of expertise in developing mobile applications for Android, iOS, Windows Phone and Blackberry, including geolocation and geopositioning services. You can learn more about our work with connected cars on our Automotive page.
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